Apple Pencil (second-generation): Everything you need to know!

The Apple Pencil is one of the best tools any iPad Pro user can have — especially artists — and it's finally getting an upgrade! Apple announced the second-generation Apple Pencil at its October press event in New York; here's everything you need know!

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What's different about the new Apple Pencil?

In a quick blurb, the Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) has a slightly new design, charges wirelessly, and has some new functionality! Oh, and it's currently only available for the iPad Pro (2018).

How does the Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) charge?

It charges wirelessly by magnetically connecting to the side of the new iPad Pro, meaning your Apple Pencil no longer has a lightning connector on the end and you don't have to plug it into your iPad to charge it up! Plus, since it connects to the side, it should make it much easier to keep track of your Apple Pencil.

New design

The Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) is flat on one side, which allows the magnetic connection to the iPad Pro (2018) to be much stronger and sit flat against the side. It also has a matte finish instead of the glossy finish of the first-generation Apple Pencil.

New functionality

The Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) also allows you to double tap the pencil to switch between modes, even the eraser, making it easier than ever to access the mode you need while you're using the Apple Pencil. Different apps offer different functionality with the double-tap action.


The Apple Pencil (2nd-gen) is currently only compatible with the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) models. If you want an Apple Pencil for the older models of iPad Pro (or the 6th generation iPad) you'll need the older generation Apple Pencil. The first-generation Apple Pencil does not work with the 2018 model iPad Pro.

How much does it cost?

The new Apple Pencil costs $129 and is available now.

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Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 

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